Passive spatial learning in rats

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Results of a new study by scientists at Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) suggest that passive viewing of spatial information (such as on television or computer screens) can activate learning mechanisms and may interfere with consolidation of information learned via active exploration. Anne Kemp and Denise Manahan-Vaughan, who carried out the study, speculate that increasing use of digital media by school children may compete with classroom lessons.

Lab Anim. (NY) 40, 332 (2011).
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